Dr. Scott Hahn & Kimberly Hahn
Lenten Holy Land Pilgrimage
In the Footsteps of Jesus
March 7 - 17, 2019
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located Four and Five Star Hotels: (or similar)
- Breakfast, Lunch (except on March 16), and Dinner daily
- Wine & mineral water with dinners
- Transportation by Private Bus
- Free Wi-Fi on Motor Coach
- Wireless Headsets throughout
- Licensed Guide throughout
- Sightseeing and Admission fees
- Daily Liturgy
- Tips to Porters and Restaurants
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunch on March 16, snacks & beverages not mentioned, tips to your guide & driver
Thursday - March 7 - Depart for Israel
Board your flight for the start of your journey to Tel Aviv, with complimentary meals and beverages served on board.
Friday - March 8 - Arrive Tel Aviv
On arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, you will be greeted by guide and driver and transferred to the Dan Panorama hotel in Tel Aviv located on the Mediterranean coast. Dinner and overnight.
Saturday - March 9 - Nazareth - Cana
Theme: The Annunciation
After breakfast, you will leave for the Mediterranean coast and then inland to Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle at the request of His mother [John 2:1-11]. There you will visit the Franciscan Church where couples will have the opportunity to participate in the ceremony to renew their wedding vows. Continue to nearby Nazareth, the site of Mary's home and the town where Jesus lived as a child (Matthew 2:23). Visit the Church of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-35), the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph and Mary's Well. View the site where Jesus was rejected (Matthew 13:54-58). End the day at your hotel in Tiberias.
Sunday - March 10 - Tiberias: Sea of Galilee - Mt. Beatitudes
Theme: The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee
The day starts with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee (Luke 5:1). Visit Tabgha, where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 (Luke 9:10-17), and onto the site known as "Peter's Primacy". Here, after His resurrection, Jesus met with His disciples (John 21) and told Peter to "feed my lambs; feed my sheep." [John 21:9]. A short drive away is Capernaum, from where Jesus launched his Ministry (Matthew 4); see the synagogue where Jesus taught (Mark 1:21-29) and the church built over the site of Peter's home. End the day with a visit the Mount of Beatitudes, scene of Jesus' great Sermon on the Mount (Luke 6:20-49). Return to Tiberias.
Monday - March 11 - Mt. Tabor - Jordan Valley - Jericho
Theme: The Transfiguration
After breakfast, we will drive to the site of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor (Matthew 17:1-50). At this site, you will have the time to reflect on Christ's Humanity and Divinity. The Mass here will be a good preparation for the journey to Jerusalem where Jesus was to suffer the crucifixion and resurrection. After Mass, continue south to the Jordan Valley to the oldest inhabited city in the world, Jericho (Joshua 6:12-25). Then drive down the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the world's oldest continuously inhabited city, for lunch and to view the Mt of Temptation and see an example of a Sycamore Tree. Drive up to Jerusalem to check into your hotel for 5 nights.
Tuesday - March 12 - Bethlehem - Ein Karem
Theme: The Visitation and Nativity
This morning you will be transferred to Bethlehem to see the cave at the Shepherds' Fields, (Luke 2:8). The caves have soot marks of the fires that shepherd's lit to keep warm while watching over their flocks. Then up to Manger Square, which stands in front of one of the oldest of Christian churches, the Church of the Nativity. Enter the Church and down to the Grotto of the Nativity, that marks the spot of Jesus' birth (Matthew 2:1-18). Beneath the Altar, there is a silver star with the Latin inscription: HIC DE VIRGINE MARIA JESUS CHRISTUS NATUS (Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary.) After Mass at the Church of St. Catherine enjoy lunch in Bethlehem. A short drive takes us to the village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist, to visit the church that commemorates his memory (Luke 1:39-80). Pray the Mystery of the Rosary on the walk up the hill to the Church of the Visitation.
Wednesday - March 13 - Qumran - Jordan River - Dead Sea
Theme: Early Years in Jerusalem & the Wilderness
You will start the day with the Mass at St. James Convent. After Mass, you will be transferred through the Judean Wilderness where Jesus spent 40 days fasting, and it is in this area that John the Baptist (Mark 1) lived and baptized Christ. We will visit the Baptismal site on the River Jordan (Matthew 3: 13-17) then to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. In the afternoon, you will have an opportunity to enjoy a swim in the Dead Sea (Ezekiel 47:8-10) the lowest and saltiest spot on Earth . Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Thursday - March 14 - Mt. Of Olives - Gethsemane - Mt. Zion
Theme: Palm Sunday and the Agony in the Garden
After breakfast, you will make your way to the Mount of Olives where you can take in the panoramic view of Jerusalem. Then walk down the Palm Sunday Road to stop at the beautiful little church, Dominus Flevit - "The Lord wept." It was here that Jesus wept over Jerusalem [Luke 19:41]. Then to Gethsemane, a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives, where you will be able to reflect on Jesus' final night (Luke 22:29-53). The Garden contains trees, the roots of which go back to the time of Jesus. We will celebrate the Mass at Gethsemane. Next, you will visit the Church of All Nations to pray at the "Rock of Agony," a section of bedrock identified as the place where Jesus prayed alone in the garden on the night of His arrest. We then enter the Old City to see the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-9), which supplied the water for the Temple and where Jesus healed the crippled man. On Mt Zion you will visit the Church of Peter in Gallicantu, where Peter denied Christ three times( Luke 22: 33 - 34), and the Upper Room where Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Last Supper ( Matthew 26:17 - 30).
Friday - March 15 - Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Theme: The Way of the Cross, The Crucifixion, The Resurrection
We leave the hotel at 5.00 AM to walk the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross). We will start at the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate (John 18:28 - 19:16). From there He was taken through the city to be crucified. The Stations of the Cross is led through the markets of the Old City, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Luke 23:26-33). Here is the site of Calvary, and the Tomb of Christ (Luke 23:50-55), where we will celebrate Mass. Return to the hotel for a late breakfast and time for rest. This afternoon is free to explore the Old City. Return to the Hotel in the evening for Dinner and overnight.
Saturday - March 16 - Israel Museum (Shrine of the Book) - Emmaus - Departure
We will have an early morning start (7.30 AM) to walk to the sacred ground of the Temple Mount. We remember the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple ( Luke 2: 22) and the confrontation with the money changers ( John 2: 13). After a late breakfast at the Hotel, we will check out at 12 Noon, and make a visit to the Second Temple scale model for an overview of Jerusalem as it was at the time of Jesus. Then visit the Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls. From there, we head to the site of Emmaus at Abu Ghosh, where Christ appeared to the two disciples and gave the first Eucharist after the Resurrection (Mark 16:12-13). Dinner, followed by an evening transfer to Tel Aviv Airport for departure. *Return flights to the US depart between 11:30 P.M. on Day 10 - and - 12:40 A.M. on Day 11.
Sunday - March 17 - Arrive home
*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.
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*Special Clergy Discount - $1000 Off
206 Tours and Dr. Hahn welcome all members of Clergy! Qualifications: Members of "Clergy" within the Catholic Church. This includes Seminarians, Deacons, Brothers and Sisters, Priests, Monsignors, Bishops, Cardinals, and His Holiness.
*Special VIP Service for 206 Tours Business Class Clients
When you purchase business class upgrade we will ensure that you receive VIP service at Tel Aviv Airport. VIP service provides a smooth, pleasant, and expedited process when entering Israel. The VIP staff is there to meet you at the plane, collects your luggage, pass you through special gates / entrances for security screening, baggage inspection and express passport control. A steward / stewardess will accompany you to the reception hall to the waiting guide and, or driver.